While Democrats Fume, Trump Becomes the Jobs President

By | 2017-06-02T18:30:05+00:00 March 11, 2017|
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It’s the economy, stupid. We’ve heard the phrase so many times over the past 25 years that it has descended into cliché if not outright parody. But it’s been repeated so often because it highlights a basic truth about politics: jobs matter. And since the election, the job growth has been extraordinary.

It’s been so strong that it prompted Jamie Dimon, president and CEO of Chase, the nation’s largest bank, a registered Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, to back President Trump’s economic agenda. Dimon declared it has “woken up the animal spirits” in the United States. His comments came in the midst of a spate of good economic news released this week.

Trump himself tweeted, “Great Again: +235,000” after the Labor Department reported a higher than expected 235,000 new jobs were created in February. This came on the heels of a report earlier in the week from ADP and Moody’s Analytics showing 298,000 new private sector jobs in the same month. Better yet, the Labor Department report showed strong wage growth and that 340,000 workers who sensed better prospects came off the sidelines and re-entered the workforce. This addresses a key critique of the weak Obama era recovery after the 2008 financial panic: namely, that the low reported unemployment rate was misleading because of the large number of working age Americans who stopped looking for work and were therefore not counted in official government unemployment statistics.

This is all good news for the country and for a president who has promised to put wage and job growth front and center in his administration. Trump’s plans on immigration, infrastructure, taxes, regulation, and trade all aim at improving the lives and prosperity of ordinary American citizens If they continue, the results of the past few months will be considered the downpayment on a broader resurgence of American economic might and the reinvigoration of the middle class.

Against the new administration’s ambitious goals, Democrats are stuck with increasingly transparent attempts to undermine the president with phony narratives endlessly repeated by their media surrogates. The stranglehold the mainstream media had on American opinion was broken long ago and Americans understand the game played by the Progressive Left-Democrat-Media opinion complex. And they either look for other sources of news and opinion or they discount for the expected collusion when they hear Democrat talking points repeated as objective fact.

Forget the nakedly partisan attempts to create a media narrative about Russian hacking and so undermine the legitimacy and effectiveness of President Trump and his administration. Forget too “the Resistance” which exists more as a social media meme than a real life phenomena—progressive street violence notwithstanding. What matters is jobs, not phony outrage cooked up by professional agitators.

The complaints of D.C. Democrats and their Millennial storm troopers don’t have much purchase with middle America when the economy is growing and people are working. As Loretta Lynn sang in her 1971 classic “One’s On The Way”: “The White House social season should be glitterin’ an’ gay but here in Topeka the rainis a fallin’, the faucet is a drippin’ and the kids are a bawlin’.” In other words, no matter what the powerful and connected think, ordinary people have bills to pay and families to raise and they can only do it with a job. And the fact that there are a lot more jobs than there were a few months ago has significant implications for Democrats who think they can win elections based on stoking resentments based on niche grievances and so-called microaggressions.

This week’s economic reports were so uniformly positive that even financial news titan Bloomberg, a reliable defender of Davos class perquisites, was forced to admit that “America’s labor market is getting better by almost any measure.” They were hard-pressed to give the president any credit, but that hardly matters.

With revelations that the Obama Administration may have taken the unprecedented step of using the nation’s intelligence apparatus to spy on the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign and news that Russia’s largest bank has hired Clinton crony Tony Podesta (John’s older brother) to lobby the U.S. government to end sanctions that Democrats’ Russian hacking narrative is destined to collapse under the weight of its own internal contradictions.

Democrats long ago gave up on ideas that improve the lives of ordinary Americans focusing instead on identity politics that pits citizen against citizen in a cynical play for short-term electoral success. Barack Obama did it with skill. Hillary Clinton did not. Obama won the presidency twice even as his policies and rhetoric made the Democrats a regional party with electoral strength on the coasts, in the inner cities, and in college towns where they run political monopolies with predictably baleful consequences. Detroit anyone?

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is forging a new electoral coalition that could reshape American politics. Trump’s collaboration with Dimon looks a bit unusual, but his budding alliance with private sector union leaders is a tectonic shift. It would cement the Republican Party of the middle class not the Davos class, of the bowling alley rather than the country club.

Gone are the days of reflexive Republican union bashing. Conservatives had valid criticisms of compulsory unionism and the sort of managerial capitalism championed by people like Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith a few generations ago. That was the era when intellectuals thought that big government plus big labor plus big business added up to eternal prosperity. But that time has passed. Now AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says, “Will we partner with him (Trump) to try to rewrite the immigration rules of the country? Absolutely, because those will help workers, it will decrease the imbalance between corporate America and workers.” Elected politicians—especially Republicans—should take notice because this may represent the promise of a generational realignment.

Democrats have abandoned kitchen table issues for identity politics. That’s thin gruel for someone who stopped looking for work during the Obama years because of dismal prospects. Trump is the first Republican in a generation to speak effectively about the issues that matter to middle America. More important, he is acting on his rhetoric.

What Steve Bannon calls economic nationalism is nothing more than jobs, infrastructure, and pro-worker, pro-growth trade and economic policies. That makes sense to most people.

Let the Democrats have their identity politics. Donald Trump is making good on his promise to be the jobs president.

About the Author:

Chris Buskirk
Chris is the Publisher and Editor of American Greatness and the host of The Seth & Chris Show. He was a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute. and received a Fellowship from the Earhart Foundation. Chris is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold businesses in financial services and digital marketing. He is a frequent guest on NPR's Morning Edition. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Hill, and elsewhere. Connect with Chris on Twitter at @TheChrisBuskirk
  • Muns

    Great article. FYI the link to your show in the About section is broken.

  • jim

    Well I said over a year ago the following. The progressive bowel movement is circling the growler hard. America has seen the ugly liberal truth. It’s almost flushed for good and all we need is for the nuts to keep acting like nuts. Outside of Washington it is morning in America after a long long night. Thank you Lord. Bye bye liberalism.

    • rhcrest

      Don’t kid yourself. The left is like herpes – they will never completely go away. They need to be pounded into nonexistence as much as possible though. And the younger generation needs to be educated as to how dangerous and crazy these people are. That is the key to keeping the left at bay. The young

      • Mark Goodwin

        Said like a guy with a van down by the river and some souped up guns. Catch dem young uns!

        • rhcrest

          Umm apparently you are unaware that indoctrinating the young through k-12 and university education is what the left has been doing for decades? Apparently you haven’t noticed the fruit of that indoctrination- the snowflake superstorm currently sweeping campuses coast to coast? That whole educational system needs to be reversed

          • Alex Courtois

            Ah yes, the treacherous liberal plan for indoctrination whereby all the liberals just secretly agreed to become teachers and principals, and all the conservatives… let them? I guess? Oh the glorious days where children sing hymns to single-payer healthcare and school plays are about the evils of trickle-down economics.

            Surely that could not be the result of decades of liberalism pushing social progress, from the end of slavery to the end of child labor to equal rights to paid holidays, 5-day work weeks, workplace safety laws, separate church and state… and what, people think the educated would notice that? psshaw! Clearly a liberal conspiracy to stack colleges and schools with propagandists is the explanation!

          • rhcrest

            Joke all you want but I have experienced it first hand with my kids. The last straw was when my son’s World History- no book called American History- book in 8th grade had 36 pages about Islam and a little paragraph about Christianity. Then he had to do a huge project on Islam and part of it was that they had to watch a video where some idiot woman was converting from Catholicism to Islam and she was saying very negative things about Catholicism. Separation of church and state no longer exists when it comes to islam. We are Catholic. I watched the video on youtube and got so upset I actually started hyperventilating. I called the principal and he said that it was mandated by the state and there was nothing he could do. I put my son in private school the next year. My daughter will be going in soon. It’s a non stop diet of teaching the kids about climate change, being gay is good and healthy, you can be whatever sex you feel like that day, illegal immigration is good, sexual promiscuity is good, current events with a far left perspective etc. Oh and by the way the democrat party did everything they could to fight AGAINST the end of slavery. “to the end of child labor to equal rights to paid holidays, 5-day work weeks, workplace safety laws, separating church and state.”- and you people have done nothing but go off the deep end since. Those accomplishments were a long time ago. Keep it up though. You’re doing a great job of driving your party straight over a cliff!

          • Alex Courtois

            When did I equate the Democratic Party with liberalism? As I’m sure you’re aware, ideological lines have shifted a few times over. Nevertheless, liberalism is what brought you all of those progressive ideas, and conservatism fought it every inch of the way. Kind of like what you’re doing now…

            Separation of Church and State doesn’t mean you can’t learn about religion in school. The point in most cases is to offer children different points of view so they can make up their own minds. I can’t talk to the specifics you mention in your post because I don’t have a child at your school, but I’m quite sure there are two sides to that story and you’re not being objective. The fact it made you hyperventilate is pretty tell-tale. You saw a woman offering up a different worldview from yours and it made you hyperventilate…

          • rhcrest

            The Democrat party is where the left resides. The Dems fought against ending slavery. And those few ideas that you listed were good but as I said, you’ve gone off the deep end since and enough for the average person to notice and that is why you are getting pushback. We’ve passively gone along with your regressive agenda for decades and finally we said enough. Yes of course you can learn about different religions but the school should not be favoring one religion over another. And the school certainly should not be proselytzing a religion which is what they were doing with that video with Islam. They were emphasizing islam over other religions and actually denigrating other religions over islam. That is WAY over the line. It wasn’t about a different world view you idiot. It was about denigrating MY religion and at the same time saying islam is wonderful which it is NOT. And you obviously know NOTHING about what is going on in the public schools by your response. My example is just one of what is going on around the country. If they had a video with a woman denigrating islam and saying how wonderful Catholicism is, you lefties would have sued the school and there would have been an uproar. If the left didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all.

          • Alex Courtois

            You honestly think that the Democrats were liberals back in Lincoln’s day? You need to go back to your history books. I love the fact that you dismiss every single step of social progress liberalism has brought you and refuse to see that everything good in your work life now, you owe to liberalism. It’s amazing how you can see exactly what it has been worth to you, but still pick the side that fought against ending slavery, against ending child labor, against giving women and blacks the right to vote… the conservative side.

            As for liberal protesters always in the news beating people up, you need to watch something other than false news. Are there deplorables on the left? Absolutely. Are they the majority? No. Are they even a plurality? No. Most protests go off without a hitch, and you’d know that if you varied your news sources. There are, unfortunately, deplorables on both sides of the political spectrum.

            I’d love to see the video you speak of. Because the idea that liberals would want to proselytize Islam is odd. Liberalism is at odds with all organized religions in a way in that dogma discourages critical thinking. It simply puts all religions on the same level in that respect. The reason you might see liberals defend Islam these days is as pushback against Christian attacks on Islam. Because to us, both Islam and Christianity are flawed.

          • rhcrest

            Hmmm I think it is you who should be looking at your history books. The Dems fought against ending slavery and against civil rights every step of the way. Blacks voted for Republicans before the Great Society because of what the Republicans had done for them. . Then that the left figured out it could buy the black vote if it gave them handouts and voila! Blacks started supporting dems. Gee what a shocker. And you keep saying the same accomplishments over and over. So everything good in my life I owe to liberalism? Really. You mean like electricity, indoor plumbing, heating and air conditioning, modern medicine, planes, trains, automobiles, computers, modern communications, the Constitution and our Republican form of govt etc? Umm I owe those things to a lot of smart industrious MEN. We owe the left for breaking down our society so that we have an entire subculture of people who exist at the expense of the rest of the people. We owe the left for the breakdown of our families so that kids no longer have a stable home life with a devoted mother and father. We owe the left for our sexually promiscuous society which contributes to the breakdown of families and leads to lots of messed up kids with all sorts of special needs. We owe the left for the permissive culture of drug abuse that leads to death and destruction of our people. We owe the left for all the terrorists and future terrorists we have imported into our country. We owe the left for our ginourmous gov’t that sucks the life out of the country – although the patient is starting to show signs of life thanks to President Trump. I could go on and on but here is a nice summation of the goals of the left from way back in 1963. 1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
            2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
            3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
            4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
            5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
            6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
            7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.
            8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.
            9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
            10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
            11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)
            12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
            13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.
            14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
            15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
            16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
            17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
            18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
            19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
            20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.
            21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
            22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”
            23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”
            24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
            25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
            26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
            27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”
            28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
            29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
            30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
            31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
            32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
            33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
            34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
            35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
            36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
            37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
            38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
            39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
            40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
            41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
            42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.
            43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
            44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.
            45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

            This list is what the left labels ‘progress’. Yes it is progress right off a cliff. And you people have accomplished pretty much everything on the list. Trump’s election is about turning this country around from this list as much as possible.

            Oh and most protests go off without any violence you say? So what? The fact that we have college students and others protesting someone else’s right to free speech because they disagree with other viewpoints is just unbelievable. These protests end up many times with the other person not being able to speak and having their free speech stomped on. How is this ok? This is fascism. And the idea that liberals proselytize Islam is odd to me too. However muslims are a victim group and once a group is labeled a victim group they can do no wrong according to the left. And if you paid any attention to current events other than what’s on CNN fake news you would know that my example is hardly unique.

          • Alex Courtois

            That’s a really long post so I’m going to break it down into parts.
            First, I don’t deny that blacks voted for Republicans before the Great Society, nor do I deny that Democrats were against abolition. That’s because as I said many times, the Democratic Party has not always been the vehicle of liberalism. That’s why I never claimed you owed social progress to Democrats but to liberalism. Today, the Democrats hold up the torch of liberalism, and Republicans hold the conservative one.
            I do however object to your claim that the left bought the Black vote with handouts. Equal rights are not a handout, and it was ending segregation that brought Blacks to the Democratic Party, while Republicans focused on State rights and the war on drugs to try and preserve Jim Crow laws and keep Blacks in poverty.

            I also never claimed you owe everything good in life to liberalism, but everything good in your work life. By this I meant all benefits and privileges, but obviously I was using hyperbole to make a point. The point being that most important elements of progress were driven by liberal ideas.

            Yes sexual liberation was an element of progress. It replaced a system where wives were subordinate to their husbands, and where marriage could be more of a shackle than a blessing. Abused women were forced to remain with their abusers, children grew up in loveless homes where their fathers could beat their mothers at will, and no one knew how many rapes there were because you couldn’t talk about that. Too shameful. And of course young unwed mothers were forced to give up their children to adoption to keep the family’s honor. So you see promiscuity isn’t new. Sometimes marriages don’t work. There’s no use beating a dead horse, and even less use in bringing up children in that environment.

            As for drugs, do you also decry the end of prohibition? Drugs are a problem of course, but if properly managed few will fall victim. What really destroys millions of lives is getting a criminal record for smoking a joint, which is about as harmful as a glass of whiskey. The war on drugs has been tremendously destructive, and we owe it to conservatism.

            The left did not create a class of dependents. The left simply made sure that the underclasses of society could live like decent human beings. You may be surprised at this, but many people receiving handouts are hardworking. Of course, there are always some who seek to abuse the system, but most studies show they account for at most 5% of welfare recipients. That’s an insignificant amount. But the point to remember is that the left didn’t create poverty. It only sought to sooth the symptoms. The conservative way, before the New Deal, showed its failings during the Great Depression, when families tried to sell children they couldn’t take care of and millions went hungry and homeless. A strong social net is what distinguishes first world nations from third world nations.

            Finally, ginormous government. Sorry but no, you don’t owe ginormous government to the left either. Or at least not exclusively. Since 1962 the US civil service grew under Johnson, Reagan and Bush II. It decreased under Nixon/Ford, Carter, Bush I, Clinton and Obama.
            Federal spending increases are also not the sole domain of liberal presidents. Federal spending increased most under LBJ, Kennedy… and Bush II. After that it goes Carter, Ford and Nixon… so you see, it’s not all liberals taxing you out of your money. Ike would be up there too, but his numbers are skewed because he cut military spending massively after WWII.
            https://www.downsizinggovernment.org/presidential-spending

            I don’t think I’ll get to your bullet-point list of liberal goals, simply because each one would require a paragraph to debate it, and I don’t have that kind of patience. Needless to say, I think it’s bunk.

          • rhcrest

            I didn’t say equal rights was a handout and the dems fought against civil rights anyways so that doesn’t make any sense. I said the dems bought the black vote with the Great Society welfare programs. And you keep talking about improvements in our work lives and this is a perfect example where the left went off the deep end. Yes in the beginning 40 hour work weeks etc. were very much needed and good however now we have regulations to the point that jobs are no longer being created, or are moved overseas, or are eliminated altogether. The gov’t has been regulating jobs out of existence. Although as I said, this is starting to change with Trump. So is it better to have a job or no job at all? Normal people want a job. Sexual liberation is not progress. It may have liberated a few housewives but it did so at the expense of our nation’s children who suffer the consequences of the lack of stability in their lives. So you traded one bad thing off for another in my opinion much worse thing because children are suffering for the pleasure seeking activities of the adults in their lives. I agree that people used to put up with things like the things you mentioned – spousal abuse etc. And it is good that now we have more awareness and less tolerance for those things. But again people have gone way too much in the other direction with no personal responsibility or regard for how their decisions affect their children. It’s just pure pleasure seeking now and the consequences be damned. And substance abuse whether by alcohol or drugs is a major problem in our country and a lot of the root of it is the bad economy we have had and also our permissive society where anything goes and also the breakdown of the family as I mentioned. More and more people are dying from substance abuse and it is affecting people it never used to affect. No the left didn’t create the dependency class but it helped it get larger. Whatever you subsidize you get more of. And many of the dependents are illegal aliens and refugees – people who shouldn’t even be in this country in the first place. And there is much abuse and fraud of this system. I have seen it firsthand so please don’t come back and tell me it doesn’t exist. Everyone knows it does. It is grossly unfair to the people who work and support the welfare crowd. The workers have to work harder to support them and still have enough for their own families. Our strong social net is propping up one part of our population and killing the other part. That’s just wrong. Yes you are right we owe our ginourmous gov’t to both dems and R’s who are really the uniparty at this point. R’s really haven’t been republican at all – just dem lite. And as far as my list goes, it isn’t bunk. The items on that list already happened. Some of the items are dated because it was done in 1963 but lots of it is very current. 40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce. This is one that I have talked about repeatedly.

          • Alex Courtois

            Ok I don’t know if you’re willfully ignoring my point or if you simply don’t understand it, but we can’t continue this conversation until you admit that Democrat does not equal liberal throughout the history of the US. The Republican party started off as the liberals under Lincoln, and ideologies flipped between parties over time. More recently, under the New Deal, the Democrats took the mantle of liberalism though Southern Democrats were still socially conservative. When LBJ granted equal rights, Southern Democrats flocked to the GOP giving Nixon his majority and cementing the GOP and the conservative party both fiscally and socially.

            So when I talk about liberals, I am not talking about Democrats at all points in history. I am talking about ideology, not party. Is that clearer?

    • Alex Courtois

      The last time we saw the ugly conservative truth, the economy had collapsed and was teetering on the edge of a cliff. Compared to that, I’ll take the “ugly” liberal truth of slow but steady growth, thank you very much.

  • swek

    yessir
    fewer jobs created in feb 2017 than in feb 2016 or 2015

    but putin’s puppet is certainly the jobs president, now that he’s been sitting on his fat ass fighting off the indictments

    • Shore111

      Yawn

      • Alex Courtois

        I know eh? Nobody likes facts Mr. swek!!!

  • Jon Schneck

    Reagan said the most powerful social program is a job. Americans are tired of being taken for granted while the elites get richer. Remember most Americans interaction with the government is when they look at their paychecks each Friday and see how much the government took from them and spent on thing that they think are stupid.

    • OBX47

      Who told you that? It is a simplistic view of the scope of government and how it benefits you as a citizen. Do some reading and think some more on the subject. Would you feel safe flying if we didn’t have an agency to make sure planes are safe? How about our food source and medications? Would you be able to travel on I95 if you didn’t have a government? If your town is flooded during a hurricane or destroyed by a tornado, would anyone be there to help? Would there be schools or fire departments or police without government? And would anyone be there to defend this country from attack if there were no government? And I could go on and on. All I can say is just THINK.

      • klgmac

        “Would there be schools or fire departments or police without government?”

        Your lack of historical perspective marks you as a Prog. And by the sounds of it, likely another overpaid government worker.

      • Johannessen

        The short answer to all of your questions is a simple yes, because companies do not have an incentive to kill their customers. Why do you believe that it is government’s job to keep you safe from any and everything that could ever happen to you? Take that to it’s logical end, and government will (and should) prevent you from doing anything as the best way to keep you safe is to avoid everything. That’s not what government is supposed to do; they are supposed to protect your rights.

      • klgmac

        ” Would you be able to travel on I95 if you didn’t have a government?”

        Traders built the first roads, not governments. Have you never heard of toll roads?

        • Tom Anderson

          So you want every road to be a toll road? What an ignorant stance. Privatizing just moves money up to the top 1/10 of 1% faster.

          • klgmac

            What a jump of salacious logic.You seem to have forgotten that the government would be much less in people’s pocket’s. You just can’t imagine that, can you?

          • Tom Anderson

            You seem to have no understanding of economics or history. We have tried the privatization route, it’s called feudalism and it was great for the top 1/10 of 1% born into the aristocracy not so great for the vast majority of the people. Step outside your RWNJ hate radio crowd and learn some actual history.

          • klgmac

            You seem to be trying to describe Progressive hog heaven California.

            “Serfs up with California’s new feudalism”

            http://www.ocregister.com/articles/california-702016-state-new.html

            “SHOCK VIDEO EXPOSES TENT CITY CRISIS IN FAILING CALIFORNIA

            Homeless epidemic exploding as globalists cater to illegals, “refugees”

            https://www.infowars.com/shock-video-exposes-tent-city-crisis-in-failing-california/

          • Tom Anderson

            Infowars? Talk about fake news. That’s laughable.
            Anyone who thinks that California is failing lives in a RWNJ fact free bubble. Yes, there is a small percentage of people in CA who are homeless. With the kind of economic policies you and Trump push, that percentage would be much higher.

          • klgmac

            Fake News is what people say when they can’t refute what is being reported. Funny how you ignore the OC Register. And the US Census Bureau.

            “California Has Highest Rate Of Poverty In The Nation, According To U.S. Census Bureau”

            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/07/california-highest-rate-of-poverty_n_4233292.html

          • klgmac

            Seems like InfoWars is more credible than you.

          • Tom Anderson

            Interesting, but still just a defection to the conversation. I didn’t dispute that there are homeless in CA. My point was that unfettered capitalism becomes feudalism as almost all of the wealth moves to the top of the income brackets. Privatization almost always reduces the income paid to the people who do the work and moves that to the top 1/10 of 1%.

          • klgmac

            Well, your point is wrong. There is tremendous correlation between economic freedom and economic prosperity for the greatest amount of people. That is beyond dispute. Your economics of envy always leaves everyone poorer. California is just the latest undeniable example.

          • Tom Anderson

            So you are saying that CA doesn’t have economic freedom? That’s laughable. Why are there so many companies based in CA? Why are there so many people going to CA? California has the 6th largest GDP in the world.
            You saying my point isn’t true, doesn’t make it a fact. It’s your opinion. There is a coloration between economic freedom and prosperity, but like anything else, only when there are appropriate rules and laws to prevent the ultra powerful from running roughshod over those with less means.
            We have the highest concentration of wealth figures in decades. That is due to the “greed is good” trickle down economic policies that have been followed since the Reagan era. Supply side economics, the beliefs of the GOP, only serve to increase this concentration.

          • klgmac

            You need to wake up and smell the feudalism. California’s companies are fleeing, it’s people are following, it’s pension’s are bankrupt, it’s infrastructure is crumbling, it’s education system is failing, and it’s future is spent. All the result of one party rule for decades. Or maybe one ideological party for decades. Can you name that Progressive party? LOL.

          • klgmac

            No one ever calls California the Golden State anymore, like when Reagan was Governor.

          • Tom Anderson

            News flash, CA is the most populous state in the US and it’s growth is still positive. It’s GDP isn’t dropping it moved from 8th to 6th. Infrastructure is failing all over the country, why would CA be different? But CA has made major improvements in their financial stability since they got the republican out of the governors chair. You have RWNJ talking points, not facts.

          • klgmac

            Where to start! Let’s go slow, for your benefit. Is the US Census right about this?

            “California again has nation’s highest rate of real poverty”

            20.6% eh? Positively feudal.

            http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/dan-walters/article101657302.html

          • Tom Anderson

            And you point is still irrelevant to the fact that supply side economics only increases the percentage of people living in poverty. No, 20.6% in poverty isn’t feudalism. Mexico, a nation where the ultra rich have even more control, comes closer with 46.2%. If we want to become Mexico, all we have to do is follow the GOP, supply side economics voodoo.

          • klgmac

            So that was a fact. This is a fact too. Feudalist Progressive real estate policies have made owning a home beyond the means of Middle Class families. That’s why many are leaving. That’s a fact right?

            ““In 2006, 38 percent of middle-class households in California used more than 30 percent of their income to cover rent. Today, that figure is over 53 percent,” according to Christopher Thornberg, director of the UC Riverside School of Business Administration Center for Economics Forecasting and Development. “The national figure, as a point of comparison, is 31 percent. It is even worse for those who have borrowed to buy a home — over two-thirds of middle-class households with a mortgage are cost-burdened in California — compared to 40 percent in the nation overall.”

            ““Not only are Californians leaving the state in large numbers, but the people heading for the exits are disproportionately middle class working families — the demographic backbone of American society,” the American Interest recently noted.”

            http://calwatchdog.com/2016/02/24/ca-suffers-middle-class-migration/

          • Tom Anderson

            And you just keep arguing against your own points. That is capitalism. There is demand for houses so the price goes up. CA is a very popular place to be so the price goes up. CA has a very high cost of living because so many people want to be there. Demand drives up prices, that is capitalism. If we turn the GOP loose with their supply side economics, it will only get worse everywhere around the country.

          • klgmac

            YOU keep arguing against your own point. Is there a free market in CA for building new homes? Or is that difficult and expensive? Due to market restrictions. See how a lack of freedom can distort prices? You don’t even allow meaningful new supply. That’s a fact, isn’t it?

          • Tom Anderson

            It’s called location. They can keep building new houses but they have to go farther out where they aren’t as popular.
            This conversation is done. You see the world from inside your RWNJ bubble and will never be saved from your own partisan ignorance.

          • klgmac

            Yeah, you better run away. You have already proven to be less than credible. And we haven’t been begun to talk about CA’s pensions yet. They’re unsustainable aren’t they? LOL.

            http://www.pensiontsunami.com

          • klgmac

            ” Infrastructure is failing all over the country, why would CA be different?”

            We just has a president who had nearly a trillion dollars to spend on that. What happened?

      • Rich54

        Police, school or fire departments are not paid by the government without people’s money.

        • Tom Anderson

          NO fooling, but they are there to help all the people.

  • Bill Johnson

    There are actually some progressive/socialist Dims who are trying to give Oblamer the credit for our stock market and jobs market dramatic gains. Can you even believe they have the nerve to say something like this after all the intentional damage Oblamer did to our economy with his globalist blame America first agenda?

    • Wellstone

      Maybe the 14M net new private sector jobs Obama created the last 7 years had something to do with that

      • Rich54

        67 Million people on welfare. The majority of them are non white. That is almost 20% of the US population

        Welfare Demographics Percent Total Number
        Percent of welfare recipients who are white / caucasian 16.8 % 11,405,000
        Percent of welfare recipients who are black 39.6 % 26,884,000
        Percent of welfare recipients who are Hispanic 21.2 % 14,392,000
        Percent of welfare recipients who are Asian or Pacific Islander 18 % 12,220,000
        Percent of welfare recipients who are Other / Mixed 4.4 % 2,987,000

        http://www.statisticbrain.com/welfare-statistics

        • John Richter

          Because of Trump?

          • Rich54

            Nope. This was as of September 2, 2016. Thanks Obama.

          • John Richter

            And 3/12/2017. Thanks Trump. Or doesn’t it work that way?

          • Rich54

            Obama had 8 years. The only thing he created was more brown trash in the US.

          • SS Trumptanic

            At least you don’t hide your racism

          • Rich54

            In the 60’s America was 85% white. Then the democrats and most republicans started to import low IQ brown minorities. No wonder we have so many people on welfare and our educational system is ranked so low. With an average black IQ of 89, Hispanic 89 and Muslim 84, what do you expect? Rocket Scientists?

          • SS Trumptanic

            No it’s not rocket science it’s your racism.

            Ps Asian countries do way better than white countries in education so that pretty much those out your feeble theory. More whites on welfare than any other race also so there’s another one of your talking points destroyed.

          • Rich54

            You must be dumber than I thought. Whites only make up 16.8% of all welfare cases but make up 62% of the US population. That means that non whites who make up 38% of the population collect 83.2% of welfare cases.

            Percent of welfare recipients who are white / caucasian 16.8 % 11,405,000
            Percent of welfare recipients who are black 39.6 % 26,884,000
            Percent of welfare recipients who are Hispanic 21.2 % 14,392,000
            Percent of welfare recipients who are Asian or Pacific Islander 18 % 12,220,000
            Percent of welfare recipients who are Other / Mixed 4.4 % 2,987,000

            http://www.statisticbrain.com/welfare-statistics

            I agree that Asians and Whites are the smartest people in the world. Average IQ in the US is 98. Think of how much higher it would be if we excluded blacks, Hispanics and Muslims. The browner you are the lower your IQ./ FACT.

            https://iq-research.info/en/page/average-iq-by-country

          • SS Trumptanic

            However, the average person on food stamps is not lazy, illiterate, or even Black. According to the data, 37.6% of food stamps were being allotted to White non-Hispanics. African Americans were allotted 23.6% of SNAP benefits. http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2012Characteristics.pdf.

            In fact, contrary to popular perception, Whites, not Blacks have continually made up the greatest percentage of recipients.

            I know this is a hard pill for many people to swallow since we have been constantly told that Blacks are the leeches of society. So, following that logic, they must make up the greatest percentage of all subsidies. But wait you say, Blacks still take more than their fair share of these “handouts”. After all, Blacks make up only 13.1 percent of the population, right? Yet, Blacks comprise nearly twice that percentage of SNAP recipients. True. But, I would counter that with this fact: The largest percentage of the unemployed in this country is Black people at 15.8%. http://www.dol.gov/_Sec/media/reports/blacklaborforce/. Whites make up 77% of the population while their unemployment rate stands at 7.9%. Yet, they still make up 37.6% of food stamp recipients.

          • Rich54

            Amazing how blacks make up 75% of the NBA and NFL but cannot pass civil service tests with affirmative action.We should demand that lower talented whites be used in the NFL and NBA.

          • ivanpope

            You are funny. Funny and racist. Funny in a really unpleasant way, and racist. Lying and racist. Full of bullshit and racist. Just racist. Hope you sleep well at night.

          • Rich54

            Since you cannot dispute my facts, How am I racist? Liberals have overused it, By the way I sleep very well at night.

          • rhadagastt

            He didn’t name Asians as a cause for low educational results

          • SS Trumptanic

            Are they white? Last I checked asians weren’t so why do they not count towards his racism?

          • MDavis

            And North Korea is Asian, too. So?

          • Dennis

            Hopefully there will be a vaccine for stupid soon

          • Rich54

            Africa and Central America could sure use that vaccine.

          • frankstclair

            Yeah, secure borders are racist. Jobs are racist. Patriotism is racist. Screw the left. I hope an illegal alien drunk driver hits you.

          • SS Trumptanic

            Yet he didn’t mention any of those he just mentioned brown people. How Christian of you. WWJD?

          • Rich54

            Sorry, every republican is not a Christrian.

          • klgmac

            How is Sweden doing? Norway thinks it’s a failed state. Is Norway racist to point that out?

          • SS Trumptanic

            Bowling green?

          • klgmac

            Failed state. Sweden is. According to Norway. You have different evidence?

            “Norway’s Prime Minister Warns Sweden Is About To Collapse, Seals Borders”

            http://yournewswire.com/norways-prime-minister-warns-sweden-is-about-to-collapse-seals-borders/

          • Rich54

            57 states that Obama visited.

          • Alex Courtois

            Well that and oh, 14 million private sector jobs. Which is one of the longest and largest private sector jobs growth streaks in US history (2nd if memory serves).

            And what is “brown trash” exactly?

          • Rich54

            Anyone who is low IQ and a drain on whites.

          • Alex Courtois

            Are you claiming whites all have high IQs and are never a drain on society?

          • James Vaughn

            After all, one and a half months is more than enough time for Trump to fundamentally change every last thing. Unlike the brilliant lightwalker who spent the entire eight years of this presidency blaming Bush. Unlike the average dim voter who keeps blaming Reagan for the results of Obama’s trickle up poverty.

            Damn, we should have elected Hillary, maybe 12 years would have been enough time for team D to take ownership of actual policies. Nah, even with 12/16 years it will still be someone else’s fault.

          • As you still whine about bill Clinton and blame obama. So is it because of past presidents or the current? Make up your minds

          • Rich54

            Democrats still blame Bush, so make up your mind.

          • James Vaughn

            Dude, your side still blames Raygun for deficits small enough that JV Barry wishes he posted them. After spending eight years blaming Bu$hitler you now expect your mess to be cleaned up in a bit over two months. (Besides, I didn’t blame Slick; although, it is interesting that people who said “everyone lies about sex” and supporting an accused rapist and now unable to moveon .org)

            I get it, your side’s presidents are so incompetent that they take responsibility for nothing.

            Cheer up buttercup, your side will be in charge and blameing those evil nasty rethugians for your failures in 8-12 years.

          • aS LONG AS YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT TEAM D DOES!

          • Alex Courtois

            At first I thought your post was sarcastic because you claimed 1 and a half months was enough for Trump to fundamentally change every last thing… But then I realized that’s actually what you believe. Even though he hasn’t passed a budget, his cabinet is far from fully appointed, he hasn’t signed any meaningful law on the economy, and he’s signed only a handful of laws altogether, that’s what you actually believe. Even though the US saw stronger jobs growth in February 2015 AND February 2016, that’s what you actually believe. Trump is magical!

            You are hilarious.

        • FAKE

          • Rich54

            Like CNN? The Clinton News Network?

      • Steve Larson

        McDonalds and part time jobs is what Obama created. Not jobs that could actually help someone support a family.

        • Squawk squawk says the parrot

          • Bill Johnson

            Right back at you delusional deniers. Can you name one company that Oblamer tried to keep from sending our jobs out of the US? No because this never happened under Oblamer. Trump started even before he was sworn in. Do you see the difference?

          • He tried to but guess what? Republicans said no

          • frankstclair

            Really? How did they do that? Trump sat down with Carrier personally. Obama gave speeches about why he couldn’t do anything to stop jobs from going away. But hey, keep sing Obama’s praises. His policies got 1000 Republicans elected. Keep up the good work!

          • Trump didn’t save those carrier jobs he wasn’t even president at the time. Jesus you people are so easily brainwashed. Using your logic it can be said obama created these jobs in February haha ?

          • frankstclair

            You wouldn’t know logic if it bit you in the ass. You can say Trump “didn’t save those jobs,” yet after he met with Carrier, the company changed direction and the jobs stayed. BTW, did Obama meet with Carrier or ANY company in any ATTEMPT to save jobs? Keep spinning, lefty, you’re ideas are great. 1,000 newly elected Republicans due to your “stupid.” Keep it up!

          • Alex Courtois

            Right because the only way to keep jobs from going overseas is by posting on Twitter…

            Of course Obama did attack US companies who were leaving for lower taxes:

            https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/obama-companies-that-denounce-us-citizenship-for-lower-taxes-are-insidious/2016/04/05/cf43a2bc-fb41-11e5-886f-a037dba38301_story.html

            From it’s low point in February 2010, US manufacturing added 804,000 jobs under Obama.

            And let’s not forget that his policies saved GM and Chrysler, and all the jobs that go with them.

            Obama’s green energy policies helped create millions of well-paid jobs too.

          • FaCTS, HOW DARE YOU!

          • SWohio

            And you losers say what? Nothing meaningful, that’s for sure.

            Fortunately not a one of you has a clue why you lost the House, the Senate, the Presidency and most state governments under obama. Sort of like Hillary having no clue why she lost.

            Hopefully none of you ever will understand.

        • Alex Courtois

          How many new McDonald’s opened up in the US in the past 7 years? Was it 1,000,000 new restaurants? Because that’s how many it would take to create 15.8 million new jobs. McDonald’s must be ROLLIN’!!

      • elixelx

        7 years? surely you men eight long, desperate, unprofitable years!
        96 months of torpid, sluggish, cramped “growth”.
        Do the math well meboy; Barry-boy created, you say 14million jobs; over 96 months that come to LESS THAN 150000 JOBS PER MONTH!
        What’s that you say! George Bush?

        • Chris706

          The Dims took over the house and senate 10 years ago, which is when it all hit the fan. They have done nothing but blame Bush ever since. They really don’t do solutions, just finger pointing. Thank God for Trump. MAGA.

        • Alex Courtois

          Actually, the number is 15.8 million private sector jobs since 2010. In 2009, the US was still losing jobs monthly thanks to the disaster inherited from Republicans.
          That means average PRIVATE SECTOR jobs growth of nearly 190,000.
          It stacks up well when compared to other Presidents:

          http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/18/obamas-record-on-jobs-versus-five-other-presidents.html

          And it’s much better than both Bush who oversaw nearly 0 growth.

    • John Richter

      Trump taking credit for the quarterly earnings reports was priceless.

      • Tom Johnson

        Johnny Boy,
        For about 3-4 months before the election, it was clear that Trump had a real shot at winning the Presidency of the United States of America (and that Hillary had a real good shot a prison). Hispanics started going back south of the border. These Hispanic folks are nice, God-fearing, family-oriented, hard-working, tax-paying folks. They make great neighbors. They take care of their houses. These Hispanic folks started coming to the United States “bigly”-time when Obama became President because they were being told by lawyers that Obama would not control our borders and would not enforce the law requiring deportations AND that if they came to the United States and had kids born here, the kids would automatically be American citizens, providing an “anchor” to help keep the parents here. Trump has said from the earliest days of his campaign that a Trump administration would control the borders, send illegal immigrants home, work on a law that would allow non-law-breaking Hispanic immigrants to legally re-enter America and follow a path to legal resident status, maybe even citizenship. Once Trump won, the Hispanics returned south in the hope that as non-law-breaking immigrants, and having children who are US citizens by birth, that these folks could eventually return and follow a legal path to US citizenship. Smart folks. I salute the hard-working, law-abiding Hispanics for wanting to be able to return to the US with legal status. And, as these Hispanics have left, the jobs they left had to be filled and those jobs were filled by legal Americans.
        From the 3-4 months before the election until now is a 6 month period, during which American companies, realizing that Trump was going to be elected, lower taxes, lower regulations, repeal job-killing Obamacare, and create a business-friendly economy, have had time to plan for the coming economic expansion and have begun staffing for the coming increase in business. This is one source of the jobs for the 235,000 jobs created in February.

        When the folks think that the economy is going to be bad, typically when the Democrats control the Federal gov’t, folks “economize”, don’t spend and that contracts the economy by the net amount not spent times 5, the national economic mulitplier (Google economic multiplier).

        When the folks think that the economy is going to be good, typically when the Republicas control the Federal gov’t, folks spend and that increases the economy by the amount spent times 5.
        Trump is creating a business-friendly economic environment and businesses are responding by spending on new facilities, buying inventory, and hiring, and this all works synergistically to enlarge the US economy. Business is happy. The Americans back at work are happy. Republicans and non-R who voted for Trump are happy.
        Seems like the only folks not happy are the soon to be unemployed Democrats in deep government in Washington, DC and elsewhere.
        Drain the Swamp.

        • John Richter

          lol… Good Lord you Trump worshipers are pathetic. Trump had zero to do with last quarters earning reports. Pssttt… a little secret… he did not get us out of TPP either. There was no TPP to get us out of. The bill was dumped for lack of support on both sides.

    • OBX47

      The government is still functioning on the Obama budget, so he does get credit. And as I stated above, February is always a big jobs month. 2015 = 236,00 jobs, 2016= 238,00 jobs, Trump=235,00 jobs. I see Obama doing better, don’t you?

    • frankstclair

      My response is simply, “He didn’t build this.”

    • Tom Johnson

      Bill Johnson,
      The two (2) main things to remember about the Democratic Party are:
      1. Dems lie, and
      2. The Dems NEVER saw a tax they did not like.
      When Obama was running for re-election, I was driving my grandson to and from first grade. One day, when he was riding home with me, my grandson said something praiseworthy of Obama. As a conservative who follows the Tea Party, I immediately knew that he had heard this rubbish from his, otherwise nice, school teacher.
      The problem: Consider this, ALL public school teachers are public employees and receive their paychecks from the government using money taken by the government from folks in the form of property taxes. These property taxes are paid year-after-year-never-ending, often by folks who have raised their kids, their grandkids, and, maybe even, their great-grandkids. Folks may die, but taxes live forever. These public teachers, especially in elementary school, have often never had any significant other job than government and, especially the women, have never served in the military. They are pro-Democrat. It is a reasonable thing, just unfortunate. So, as a conservative grandpa, what do I do?
      The solution: I came up with this idea rather quickly and I am quite proud of it.
      The solution is a 1 page, landscape (paper turned sideways), drawing labelled “The Tax Teeter-Totter”. This is a one page picture representing the American political system so my 6yo grandson can understand the difference between Republicans and Democrats.
      Picture this: A school playground teeter-totter. On one end is a big elephant, representing the conservatives (Republicans, GOP). On the other end is a small donkey, representing “The Left” (Marxists, communists, socialists, progressives, Liberal Democrats, anarchists). By the elephant is an arrow, labelled “TAXES”, which points down. By the donkey is an arrow, also labelled “TAXES”, which point up. Anyone, even a 6yo, looking at the picture immediately and intuitively gets the idea that the big elephant will always be down (Republicans LOWER taxes.) and the small donkey will always be up (Democrats RAISE taxes!).

  • ricocat1

    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is stimulating the job market and the American economy by fulfilling his campaign promises of reducing unnecessary regulations and developing America’s resources plus private and public infrastructure improvements. Once tax reform kicks in America can expect tremendous job growth, and quite likely a GOP era.

    • SineWaveII

      My fear is that the fed will go back to seeing inflation hiding under their bed at night and raise interest rates too quickly like they did in the 80s.

      • Tom Johnson

        SineWaveII (clever name),
        I agree with your fear. The Fed could kill the recovery by raising rates, but the dual mandate given the Fed in 1947(?) was to 1. control inflation, and 2. have full employment.
        I used to carry in my wallet a St.Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper clipping listing the inflation rates under US President Jimmy Carter, Democrat. It showed the inflation rate for each year under Carter. The Carter inflation rates are easy to remember:
        year 1 = 6%
        year 2 = 8%
        year 3 = 10%
        year 4 = 12%, and the 4th quarter of year 4 was 18%.
        Here was a for-the-working-man Democratic president and simply adding the inflation rates, year after year, you get 36% inflation in 4 years. This means that a loaf of bread that cost $1 at the beginning of Carter’s term would cost $1.36 at the end of his term. This inflation was devastating to average folks. Houses were being bought with 10% (or less) down, held for 1, 2, or 3 years and resold for 30% gain on whole price of the house.
        If an “investor” had put 100% down, after 3 years he would have made 30% return on investment (ROI). But, since he only put 10% down, he made 10 times as much, 300% ROI. Housing sales were almost all done on speculation. Nothing was being made. Average working-class folks could not afford to buy housing.
        Carter appointed Paul Volker, a Lutheran, to stop inflation. Carter lost. Reagan won, and Volker was the new chairman of the Federal Reserve.
        In those days (1980s) most states had usury laws that said it was illegal to loan money for more than 18%. Loan money at 18.1% and go to jail.
        So, to kill the inflationary psychology, Volker raised the Federal funds rate very high ON PURPOSE, close to 18%. So, a primary lender, which could borrow funds from the Federal Reserve at 18% had to loan it out at 18% and made no money, no spread. This stopped all speculative and non-speculative borrowing. Car sales stopped dead. House sales and flipping stopped dead. And the economy stopped dead. When Volker lowered the Fed Funds rates a year later, the inflation psychology had been stopped dead. For the remainder of Reagan’s 8 years, inflation was a “mere” 3.3%, still horrible, but manageable.
        Reagan did defense spending and the economy recovered.
        Today, under Trump, we do not yet have the runaway inflation, and the economy inherited from the Marxist Obama was weak. Trump’s task is to reduce taxes, bring honest jobs back to America from out-of-country, and, with the influx of money taxed at lower rates, help the private sector create more, new jobs by cutting taxes, cutting regulations, and repealing Obamacare (the BIG job killer).
        Yellen will gradually raise rates, but, as you fear, if she moves too much, she will kill any chance at economic recovery. Obama appointed her, just like Carter appointed Volker, but the situation is different now.

        • SineWaveII

          Thank You :–)
          Excellent Comment. And very important points. Everything you’ve said is true. My concern is that the fed like all government related institutions tends to favor the democrats. And so they become more careless about policy when a republican is in the White House. Like Greenspan in the late 1980s who drove the country into recession (and admitted as much later) by raising interest rates too quickly and too many times in too short a period. There is no doubt that interest rates have been low too long and need to rise but they need to be careful about how they do it. The economy may finally be recovering but it’s still very fragile.

          • kwijino

            And inflation is happening, big business has just gotten better at covering it. In the past few years, a meal at McDonald’s or Burger King has gone from about $5 to $7. No Orange Juice make sells 1 quart containers now, just 59 oz. Candy bars are smaller. The list goes on.

        • Carolinatarheel

          THANK GOD FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP!

          AMERICA FIRST!

      • Deplorable_Timothy

        Reagan had to raise rates in the ’80s, to slow down the 6.5% growth. Remember all of the worries of an “overheated economy”? I see your additional comment, regarding the 2nd term slow down, and yes, that was due to overzealous rate changes.
        .
        With record unemployment (not the fake numbers we have seen over the past 8 years), Reagan raised interest rates (and taxes, surprisingly), to slow the growth, just a bit. He made the right moves at the right time (with Greenspan, of course).
        .
        With any luck, we will have decent growth (now, with capitalist at the helm), and will be able to raise the rates a tick or two, over the next few years. It’s necessary, and beneficial, if done properly.

    • Mark Goodwin

      What infrastructure? Name any project. What tax reforms? Hell, what deregulation do you think created jobs? Sham sham shame.

      • OBX47

        He fools the fools with all his rhetoric. “It is a tale … full of sound and fury; signifying nothing.” Well, nothing good for most of us, anyway.

        • VoteOutIncumbents

          Trump will be the next Reagan…the Democrats thought they would be rid of him just like Nixon…(Watergate, Iran-contra). Didn’t work. Russia, Russia, Russia! won’t work either…if Trump brings jobs back the Dems are finished for a generation.

          • brew7676

            yes

        • klgmac

          Now that enlightened Progressive policies have fixed the healthcare system and brought peace to the Middle East, who can doubt their ability to control the temperature’s of the planet right down to the degree? Certainly not someone as credulous as you. LOL.

        • Tired O’Libs

          Speaking of fooling the fools with all his rhetoric…oh wait you were talking about Trump and not the Obamabots. Maybe you were talking Obama ,Well, nothing good for most of us, anyway.

        • All of these trumpeteers here are obviously in the 1 percent bracket. Make Americuh great.

          • SWohio

            Really? I did not know I was in the 1% bracket.

            Could you please tell me where all of my money is hiding?

          • brew7676

            no wonder Dems keep losing , look at Soros talking pts above

        • SWohio

          Because you don’t want people to have jobs?

          Add that one to the Democrat platform in 2018.

      • Bernd_Harzog

        Businesses invest based upon their expectations of after tax returns on those investments. Trump has created an expectation of greater after tax returns to investment which is why you have seen the stock market take off, and why you have started to see a slight improvement in the economy.

        All of this will continue if and only if Trump actually delivers upon regulatory relief (making good progress here) and tax reform with lower and more globally competitive tax rates for companies (jury is still out on this one).

      • MoFreeMoney

        Your daddy’s Dems no longer exist. The Dems once championed the middle class but their policies, taxes and regulations have destroyed the middle class. In desperation the Dem’s now pretend to champion the victim class. EVERYTHING they do is designed to convince anyone who is not a white, male, heterosexual that they belong into at least one victim class that deserves special treatment, special recognition, and special compensation from your benevolent overlords in the government.

        Your daddy’s Dems no longer exist. Wake up people, the Democrat party has been hijacked by communists, socialists, criminal excusers, criminal supporters, terrorist excusers and terrorist supporters as well as mindless sponsored militants like “Occupy Wall Street”, “ACORN” & “black lives matter”. They have turned the land of opportunity into the land of subsidized failure. Look at what they do, NOT what they say. Unless you are a criminal or a terrorist they are NOT looking out for you, or for America!

        • Sandy1938

          The diabolical part of teaching all of these different groups to think of themselves as victims, is that the groups themselves are being held back in life as a result. Instead of focusing on bettering their own lives, they analyze their resentments towards other groups and waste their lives full of hate and grudges. I was a lifelong Democrat, believing that the Democrats cared about the average working American. Many of us have changed parties now that the Democrats have shown they don’t really care about working people. Trump is doing an excellent job.

        • Tom Anderson

          What a pile of garbage. What has destroyed the middle class is the “greed is good” “trickle down” economics that we have been living with since the Reagan administration. The fact that the money has been flowing up to the top 1/10 of 1% at a steady rate since then. At that time a President of a company made 10 times what someone on the floor did. Totally understandable and easy to justify. Now they make hundreds of times more than those on the floor. They have made more by transferring their headquarters to other countries and setting up shell corporations. You foolishly believe that Trump is going to change that? Where did he have his overpriced crap made? Overseas! There was plenty of profit built in to pay american workers but he wanted it all for himself. Your partisan blindness is beyond belief. Get a clue and learn actual facts rather than your partisan talking points.

          • MoFreeMoney

            Truth hurts snowflake.

            Obama’s department of justice choose to NOT prosecute hundreds of corporate executives in exchange for BILLIONS in penalties (Jessie Jackson style shakedown bribes) that he didn’t give to the treasury but instead funneled to far left activists that funded groups like occupy wall street.

            SHAME. Pull your head out then chop it off. That would go a long way to MAGA.

          • Tom Anderson

            You spout RWNJ conspiracy theory not truth. You don’t know what truth is. The only head that needs pulling out of the nether regions is yours.

          • Marshall Gill

            The projection of this rant is epic. “Partisan blindness”? I guess it is possible that you simply have a double digit IQ. Make that “likely”.

          • Tom Anderson

            Only insults not facts. What I wrote is fact and history. Not your RWNJ talking points.

      • Tom Johnson

        Remember Obama’s famous quote when asked about where the infrastructure jobs were? Obama laughed, “The jobs were not as “shovel ready” as we thought.” Obama laughed, but Americans had no jobs.
        Sure, you can’t name any infrastructure project (except to Oroville Dam disaster of Democratic California). Trump was sworn in on 20 Jan 2017. Today, my birthday (Go Trump!), is 12 March 2017. Trump has only been in office for 11 days in January + 28 days in February +12 days in March = 51 days total. It is UNREALISTIC to expect Trump to be able to reverse 8 years of damage done to America by Obama and his Leftist/Islamist friends in just 51 days.
        But, “Doubting Mark Goodwin”, come back here in one (1) year. Trump will have 1. repealed Obamacare, thus freeing the economy from the 30 hour work-week created by Obamacare costs, 2. lowered corporate income taxes, causing the repatriation of $2,500,000,000,000 in corporate profits hiding out overseas to avoid being gobbled up by the Democratic inspired 36% corporate tax rate, 3. created all sorts of inner city rebuilding efforts, which will employ young inner-city black men and women with good paying jobs rebuilding their neighborhoods, and giving them the financial means to buy their first house, in their own neighborhood, with their own money, from their own job, doing real work in America.

        Doubt all you want. Continue to vote Democrat. The Democratic Party is no longer a national party in America. The Democratic Party is an inner-city, slum party. When Trump admin rebuilds these inner cities, those folks living there will start voting Republican, and the Democratic Party will shrink further.
        So, it is very important for you to vote Dem. It would be very embarrassing if the Dems had no-one to vote for them.

        Go, Trump. MAGA!

      • LDRider

        I remember three massive deregulation moments of the late 70s-early 80s – the trucking industry, Bell Telephone, and the airlines. All three effectively ended control by effective monopolies, increased opportunities, reduced cost, and increased efficiencies. How many other deregulation possibilities exist?

        • Mark Goodwin

          There are many deregulation opportunities although I can’t think of any with the same scale as those you listed. This administration hasn’t done anything on that front so far that anyone can point to and there are plenty of reasons to doubt their competence.

    • Tom Johnson

      (I’m 70yo today. Been there. Done that. Here is what I know. Pass it on.)
      The Democrats NEVER saw a tax that they did not like.
      Because of Democratic “tax-and-spend” policies, America now has the highest taxes in the world. These high taxes have driven wealth out of America to “tax havens”. That out-of-country money is helping others, but not helping the USA.

      Tax reforms are very important to both short term and long term recovery.
      After the Republicans lower corporate tax rates from the current 35% to a normal 15-18%, $2,500,000,000,000 will return to America from overseas tax shelters. This huge amount of money returning will need to earn interest for it’s owners and so this money will be put to work in America, which will make new jobs in America for Americans, just like Trump promised.
      The Democrats can help or get the Hell out of the way.
      When the Dems controlled everything (presidency, senate, house) the American people needed jobs and the Dems made NO effort on jobs and, instead, socialized medicine. Add in Obama’s tax increases, regulation increases, his war on coal, oil, and natural gas, and you have an explanation for the 8 years of economic stagnation under Obama.
      It took a while, but now the folks get it. The folks understand that there were no jobs under Obama. And the folks understand that the lack of jobs was due to Obama and his Democratic buddies and the socialist, open-borders, anti-free-market policies of the Democrats. It is carved into history and the Dems can’t erase it. The folks understand.
      And so, the folks voted for Trump and we have been seeing for 3 months the improvement in the American economy, with more jobs for Americans, every day.

      Importantly, as the American economy improves and more people of all faiths and all colors become gainfully employed, those folks will think more positively about Trump and will vote Republican. Many Hispanics will vote Republican. Many blacks will vote Republican. Heck, maybe some Islamics will vote Republican. Demographics will favor Republicans!

      The Democratic Party, which has long been the party of “Tax-and-Spend”, is no longer a national party. The Democratic Party has abandoned the working-folks. Democratic Party “Leftist” political agendas, such as socializing the American health care system, have been proven wrong after the 8-year-long, nightmarish, Democratic Party agenda of a communist-style, centrally-planned, gov’t-controlled, health care system that took away the important patient-doctor relationship and inserted the government in the middle. Bad news for Dems!

      The news is good for America, good for the American economy, and good for Americans. Trump is president. Trump will dismantle the “Leftist” policies and return America to the US Constitution, the rule of law, and free-markets. Trump will lower taxes, heal America, help create American jobs for Americans, and Make America Great Again.

    • Alex Courtois

      Unnecessary regulations like the one preventing coal mines from dumping coal sludge into streams, or unnecessary like the financial regulations that helped avoid a burst bubble downturn over the past 6 years of uninterrupted growth?

      • SWohio

        You are a loser and comments like those are why you lost 1200+ elections in 6 years under obama.

        Soon you will be losing even more seats. Popcorn time!

      • LDRider

        1. The last major “dumping” was by the EPA in Colorado.
        2. Seven years of growth for *whom*? Bicoastal elites? Check. Major banks? Check. Silicon Valley? Check. Middle class workers? Not so much.

        • Alex Courtois

          1. So you agree the policy was being effective, thanks!

          2. In case you missed it, the middle class has been getting a smaller share of the pie ever since trickle-down was implemented. Obama did what he could with a do nothing Congress. 15.8 million private sector jobs, stock market growth, uptick in housing, tax cuts for the middle class in the stimulus, tax hikes on the wealthy (expiring Bush tax cut, ACA…), and best of all, no economic crash. Uninterrupted growth for 7 years. Republicans complain about slow growth, but the country is better off with slow steady growth than with boom-bust cycles.

          • brew7676

            I complain because he ruined my healthcare

          • Alex Courtois

            Perhaps if the Republicans had been open to fixing the ACA’s known problems instead of passing 50 useless votes to repeal it, you could have had a better experience.
            Before I ask you how your healthcare was ruined, I just want to remind you that under the previous system healthcare was “ruined” for 20 million uninsured people, people with pre-existing conditions, and people who hit “lifetime caps”. So just a reminder that your healthcare was coming at the expense of all those people…
            How was your healthcare ruined?

          • Marshall Gill

            20 million? How? Who paid for it? Obama out of his pocket? Oh, no, it was me and people like me who have seen our premiums almost double. But you are most generous with other people’s money! Truly, what is the word? Oh yeah, deplorable.

          • Alex Courtois

            I pay for others same as you. What’s the word for someone who refuses to help out the less fortunate? Well I have it on the tip of my tongue but I can’t use it on this forum.

          • walleyekiller

            The word is liberal, they don’t give to charity, they just advocate for others to pay higher taxes, then smugly pat themselves on the back, secure int heir own benevolence.

            ”Do “conservatives” give more to charitable causes than “liberals”? According to Syracuse University professor Arthur C. Brooks, they do. Dr. Brooks, a professor of public administration at Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, was quite astounded with the results of his own research, which was so at variance with the common perception of the generous “liberal” and the Scrooge-like “conservative.”
            In his book, Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservativism (Basic Books, 2006), Brooks discovered that approximately equal percentages of liberals and conservatives give to private charitable causes. However, conservatives gave about 30 percent more money per year to private charitable causes, even though his study found liberal families earned an average of 6 percent more per year in income than did conservative families. This greater generosity among conservative families proved to be true in Brooks’ research for every income group, “from poor to middle class to rich.”
            This “giving gap” also extended beyond money to time donated to charitable causes, as well. Brooks also discovered that in 2002, conservative Americans were much more likely to donate blood each year than liberals and to do so more often within a year. Brooks found “if liberals and moderates gave blood at the same rate as conservatives, the blood supply in the United States would jump by about 45 percent.”

            Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/castingstones/2008/04/conservatives-give-more-to-cha.html#pE8fkIrxyT6IfHlP.99

          • Alex Courtois

            Ah yes, the entirely tax deductible charitable donations, that also count donations to church… a great indicator. I wonder who in the US is more religious, liberals or conservatives? …hmmm.
            Because God told that pastor he needed a private jet, HOW WILL HE LIVE WITHOUT ONE? HOW WILL HE DO GOD’S WORK??? Conservatives are so generous…

            But funny thing, do you know who pays the most taxes to the federal government in the US? Blue States… makes you go hmmmm doesn’t it? Because it doesn’t exactly make your statement that liberals make others pay high taxes and then pat themselves on the back accurate. So one side makes sure everyone shares the burden and gives healthcare to all, while the other gives tax breaks to wealthy contributors and private jets to TVangelists…

          • walleyekiller

            Your hypocrisy knows no bounds. You pretend like you are all for the common man, but I guess if that man goes to church on Sundays then of course he must be unworthy of any compassion.

            You are in fact a vile jackass, thank God the last election stripped you and your compadres of any and all political say as to the direction of this country.

            The truth is you are just another in a long line of elitist imbeciles, pretending to be concerned for the less fortunate, but in reality one who views them with thinly veiled contempt.

            By the way, nest time you think about smearing faith based giving, try looking into the good works accomplished in the name of Catholic Charities, just to name one religious organization, an institution which has done more to help the poor then all the government programs put together.

            You make me vomit.

          • Alex Courtois

            I didn’t smear the Church, it manages to do that all by itself. The Catholic Church does indeed do a lot of good, but let’s not forget the bad. The pedophilia scandals, the spying for the establishment, the pedophilia scandals, the corruption, the pedophilia scandals, the funneling of funds to build gaudy churches… But that wasn’t my point.
            In your hurry to throw up when presented with a different point of view form your own, you failed to understand that I was attacking TV evangelists, whom I believe prey on the faithful, and receive outrageous amounts in donations. That skews charitable donation numbers.
            The other problem with charitable donations is that they aren’t always an effective use of funds. Diseases that are infamous attract more money whether the current research needs it or not. Sometimes, many times, that money could have been more effective in research on less “popular” diseases.
            The other problem with charitable donations to churches are that they are often only helping the communities they are in. Now there’s nothing nefarious about that, but it will eventually leave certain people out in the cold. Giving $10 million to rebuild your local church or to Harvard isn’t quite the same as providing a secure retirement for people. Charitable donations provide an incomplete safety net.
            Finally, you haven’t addressed the fact that charitable donations are tax deductible, so I guess you understand and agree with the fact they don’t exactly prove someone to have a generous spirit.

            A man is free to go to church on Sundays and he will still have my respect. But I will judge pastors, fathers and reverends on their words and deeds. Many TV evangelists are the scum of the earth.

          • walleyekiller

            “Finally, you haven’t addressed the fact that charitable donations are tax deductible,”

            Okay, I’ll address it.

            But first let’s address the democratic party’s presidential candidate and the Clinton Foundation, a ”charitable organization” seemingly aimed at assisting those most in dire need in the eyes of Hillary and Bill, which of course was themselves. The scummiest TV evangelist on the planet have nothing on those two corrupt hucksters, two entitled jackasses willing to presell the oval office to the highest bidders, before taking back their assumed rightful place in the White House, where they could work on payback.

            Regarding the tax deductibility of church giving, while it is true there are abuses, it is also true that they are far from the rule. Most churches are just as they portray themselves, dedicated to doing right by the people in their community, including, in fact focusing on, the less fortunate. While I have no hard statistics, my guess is the bulk of the giving has nothing to do with tax advantages, and everything to do with doing what is believed to be doing the right thing. Given that many of the church going public, are as you earlier suggested, not exactly rolling in dough, tax write offs are not the prime factor driving most of the giving.

            And finally, yes, as a Catholic, I too was disgusted with the behavior of way too many higher ups within the church, with the cover up being even worse. That said, their sins do not negate a long history of good works accomplished at the hands of Catholic charities, of that they can remain to be proud.

          • Alex Courtois

            Right so your first paragraph clearly makes my point that charitable donations are not a good alternative to taxes and a government run safety net.

            Tax deductions are probably not the main reason for giving to churches, I agree. However, many charitable donations from the rich are, and they mainly benefit rich communities (like giving $10M to Harvard as I pointed out above).

            Again my point was not to disrespect all the good that the Church has done, simply to show that charitable donations are not a good safety net, nor are they automatically a sign of generosity.

    • michael pettengill

      February 2015, 238,000 jobs added. Disasterous. Obama was killing jobs!

      February 2016, 237,000 jobs added. Disasterous. Obama was killing jobs!

      February 2017, 235,000 jobs added. FANTASTIC! TRUMP IS DOUBLING JOB CREATION!

      • Alex Courtois

        With all the stretching, twisting, and backflipping the GOP have been doing for the past 50 days, they’re sure bets for gymnastics gold medals in Tokyo 2020.

        • elixelx

          I recently wrote, on another post, that the AVERAGE JOB CREATION per month during the eight years of Barry-boy economics, according to YOUR FIGURES, ALEX, was about 150,00 .
          Then Alex said, nonono don’t count the first year because Bush and don’t count the last year, because election.
          Then along comes Michael, another acolyte of the community organizer messy ah! (sic!) and says nonono let’s only count the good months, forget the bad!
          “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour”
          The Rabbis said: some men do tell lies ABOUT their neighbours, though MOSTLY men tell lies TO their nearest and dearest, their own hearts and minds; They lie to THEMSELVES!
          What’s that? These are facts? Yes, partial facts! What happened to the TRUTH the whole TRUTH and nothing bu the TRUTH.Oh Yeah, I forgot; you are followers of the Liar-in-Chief!
          Partial truth is no truth at all!
          Seek inside yourselves, Alex and Michael! It does you no good to disseminate false information! Even worse telling lies make you LIARS!

          • Alex Courtois

            Wow you sure get angry when you’re proven wrong.

            Michael is comparing the months of January 2015 and 2016 to January 2017 to show that 235,000 new jobs is not the result of Trump’s magical effect on the economy, but a trend that has been holding steady for 7 years now, the longest stretch of uninterrupted jobs growth in US history. He’s pointing out the right’s hypocrisy, because in 2015 and 2016, 235,000 new jobs was decried by the right as “slow growth” or “not enough” or “fake numbers”. But now that Trump gets the more or less exact same numbers, he’s the “jobs president” and it’s a sure sign that things are great (MAGA!). Oh and of course the numbers now are totally true… (because magic)

            As for my numbers, they were and are accurate. Sorry that you don’t like the facts. But don’t worry, you can still hide your head in the sand, I hear Fox News will continue peddling those beautiful “alternative facts” that conservatives love so much.

          • walleyekiller

            Pretending that Obama’s stewardship over his nation’s economy was anything but disastrous is absurd. Simply put, on the economy, just as in every other arena, Obama was an incompetent boob.

            It should escape no one’s attention, that absent the boom in conventional energies, it is quite likely the US economy would have spiraled down into deep depression. It speaks volumes about Obama absolute idiocy that he did everything in his power, as industry insiders will attest, to prevent this boom from occurring.

            Anyone suggesting that somehow Obama deserves credit for the innovation in our conventional energy markets, which essentially saved the US economy, is living in fantasy land. In fact when Obama took office, his goal was to get US energy prices in line with that of Europe’s, thinking that somehow $8 per gallon gasoline is good for America.

            Of course the messiah was too ignorant to comprehend that oil and gas, commodities he detested, saved his presidency, allowing him a second term.

            Obama was without a doubt, the worst president this nation has ever seen, another leftist imbecile totally detached from the economic reality of the citizenry.

          • Alex Courtois

            Sorry but whether Obama was a good steward of the economy or not is irrelevant to this discussion. What matters is how the right perceived Obama’s presidency.
            What we’re talking about here is the right’s hypocrisy. If 235,000 new jobs when Obama was president was a disaster, then surely 235,000 new jobs when Trump is president can be nothing but a disaster as well.

          • walleyekiller

            That’s a valid point, I agree touting Trump as some kind of job wizard based upon the February numbers is pure partisan politics, I don’t play that game.

            I support Trump, considering him heads and tales above the vile shrew Hillary.

            However, my support is not unqualified, an R in front of his name does not mean I believe every policy for which he advocates automatically becomes the right one. In fact, his stance of free trade disturbs me immensely.

            That said, so far I like what I see.

            Despite his volcanic demeanor, I truly think he is doing what he believes to be best for America’s working class.

            I find it refreshing to see a president not in total thrall to the Washington elite.

          • Alex Courtois

            That’s fair enough on all points. If I were a Trump supporter I think I’d be fairly pleased as well.

  • JoeKlip

    Please keep on winning because I am NOT tired of the winnings

  • Jerome Barry

    Curious tidbit: In my household are 4 adult voters. The only ones presently employed did not vote for Trump. One voted for Johnson, I voted for McMullin. If I could get my Trump voters to get off their asses and work happy days would be here.

    • frankstclair

      So you run a shitty household. Who’s fault is that, Trump’s or Bush’s? Dumb ass.

  • Wellstone

    Since you are twisting yourself into a pretzel trying to give Trump credit for Obama’s Jobs, I hope you will also give Trump the blame when the US Economy slams into the coming Trump Recession.

    • Sooo, who do you like in 2020. Expecting Trump to eff up as a strategy generally doesn’t usually work. Just ask the 16 former Republican primary candidates and Hillary about that.

  • John Richter

    Seriously, you gullible Trump worshipers believe Trumps budget and fiscal policy legislation are responsible for these job reports? Good Lord… But then again, you believe Trump got us out of TPP when there was no TPP for us to be in. It never passed. It was dumped for lack of support on both sides. Just two months ago Trump and his faithful flock insisted these numbers were phoney, 95 million were unemployed, the economy is in shambles, suddenly it is great, and the nunmbers are real… What a joke. What a freakin con job going on.

    • Trump is trolling you and taking advantage of anything and everything he can to do it.
      He gets under the skin of people who get under my skin…..

  • Mark Goodwin

    Just the headline made me laugh. The blog title is even greater, bigly. Pretty dated “analysis” man. Talk about circling the drain.

    • John Richter

      Hard to believe just a few months ago 95 million were unemployed, the UE number was phony, the economy was in shambles, the stock market was artificially pumped up with federal manipulation, etc…..

  • John Richter

    Even Trumps economic advisor said this is not because of Trump.

  • sky blue pearl

    How many progtard trolls are going to take this subject on this morning? What are they going to try? I suppose they will try to give Obama the credit, which is truly beyond reason. Beyond that, what? I am waiting to see.

    • Mark Goodwin

      Lmao you haven’t made a case. Facts, policies, that sort of thing. What are all these jobs coal miners who can piss in our streams again? It’s so laughable. Oh right, it’s all the anticipation of the things that will ultimately happen. Lol

      • sky blue pearl

        Yes, of course, it is stupid, grammatically incorrect, lunatic ranting that the progtards will come back with! Coal miners pay taxes, BTW. That makes them better citizens than you, or are you an illegal alien?

        • Mark Goodwin

          Lol ok. Excuse my grammar please sir. I pay plenty in taxes, likely far less under Trump. So thanks I guess. That’s another laughable piece of this. Trump voters screwed themselves on healthcare. My wife and I will do just fine with the extra money we don’t need.

          • Sooo, what are you gonna do with all that extra cash? Put it in the bank? Vacation? Second home? New car? Unless you stuff it in a mattress, your extra money will go back into the economy and actually help the policies that Trump is pursuing. I guess if you’d rather give it to the government, you can always pay more taxes voluntarily….

          • Mark Goodwin

            I’ll pay off my mortgage

          • Excellent answer!

    • Progtard? You disqualified yourself before you even got started

      • sky blue pearl

        So, you went for the kindergarten sandbox approach. I thought you progtards couldn’t come up with anything substantive!

        • Kindergarten sandbox approach is calling people “progtards”.

          • sky blue pearl

            You are a snowflake, progtard!

          • The irony of your statement is thick President Donald J Snowflake…….

  • Ken Tucky

    Trump said the real unemployment rate was 42%. He can improve the numbers substantially just by telling the truth, if it is even possible for him to do so. Very little evidence so far that he can do such a thing. This Trump-lovin’ site should probably be called American Fakeness, because we ain’t gonna hear one true thing for quite some time. Stock market and jobs have been growing for years, it’s not a brand new thing that just happened last week. If people couldn’t find a job in the last 8 years, they probably should have learned how to do something that they could get paid for in their spare time. There have been plenty of good jobs available in this area for years, not enough qualified employees to do them.

    • frankstclair

      You must not live in the Den Tucky I live in. 12 bucks an hour is considered good. And it really doesn’t matter what you believe, the facts speak for themselves. People like you said the market would crash if Trump was elected. I’m still counting my losses.

  • odys

    “That was the era when intellectuals thought that big government plus big labor plus big business added up to eternal prosperity.”

    As Louis Rukeyser said, big business and big labor did not change, their principles are the same, it is big government that changed and caused our economic problems. No better example than trying to use the banks as an instrument of social policy, rather than as effective brokers of capital.

  • itsdeplorablespideyman

    “Better yet, the Labor Department report showed strong wage growth and that 340,000 workers who sensed better prospects came off the sidelines and re-entered the workforce.”

    This may be the most compelling statement of all. For people to want to start the process of finding work is a reawakening of the American work ethic.

  • PolJunkie47

    As for an immigration policy that “will decrease the imbalance between corporate America and workers”. This can and will happen if we begin to see some serious political will to stop corporations from hiring illegals. No mention of this, nor of E-verify from the Trump WH.

    • frankstclair

      It would help if certain states like CA would actually use tools like e-verify. Once again, government is the obstacle, not the solution.

  • OBX47

    He isn’t stimulating it; the fact that he has cut consumer protections and environmental protections may create jobs in the short run, but at what cost? And if you are looking at that jobs figure and thinking it is because of Trump, we’ll just have to see. February is a big jobs month and in February of 2015, 235,000 jobs were created under Obama, and last year under Obama, this month’s jobs report totaled new jobs at 238,000, both February figures more than Trump’s. The market and Congress and big business are just excited because they see a man who has no idea of what he is doing and is willing to sign whatever is put on the table. If you think he is for the “little man,” check out the details (those we have at this point) on the GOP health care plan, which of POTUS has so interestingly told us would be “a beautiful thing,” and you will see the rich are getting big tax breaks and the rest of us, not so much. And it also contains something I find so interesting; in that small pile of papers that Spicer presented the other day, there is a provision that allows an employer to force an employee to undergo genetic screening, and if he refuses, he would be responsible for up to 30% more of his share of health insurance than other employees. And what will the employer ultimately do because he knows the genetics of his employees? That in also an interesting question.

    • frankstclair

      Don’t speak to me of environmental protections. The EPA created the largest toxic spill in history, damaging god know how much water and Native American lands.

      • klgmac

        Yeah, but it wasn’t their fault. Just ask them.

  • VoteOutIncumbents

    The Democrats thought they could unite blacks, hispanics, and feminists by demonizing white, working people…and the white workers would continue to vote for them too. It didn’t work.

  • Steve Coats

    Wait, I heard for years those BLS numbers were “fake news”. Now they’re real?

  • Gene smiley

    This will be a great 8 years! Trumps policies will continue to bring in jobs, the dems will keep bitching, but the volume of their screams is getting lower and lower.

  • klgmac

    You can’t have high mandated healthcare costs, high mandated energy costs, high mandated labor costs, high mandated regulatory costs, high mandated taxes and a prosperous economy. Trump is making different choices.

  • Deplorable_Timothy

    The ruling elite democrats realize that a well informed, well educated, self sufficient, responsible and prosperous populace would never vote democrat… It’s their worst fear.

  • PackRatFan

    Not much to add here except it’s too bad we had to put up with 8 years of economic doldrums before people said enough. Maybe the voters will think twice before electing someone who never met a payroll and especially someone whose only claim to fame was being a community organizer, which only translates into a malcontent as far as I am concerned!

  • Bernd_Harzog

    It is important to understand the contrast between the Obama policies and the Trump policies. Every single Obama policy was bad for economic growth, bad for the growth in the number of jobs, and bad for the growth in income:

    1. The stimulus did not stimulate because it was wasted in transfer spending instead of being invested in things that had a positive return on investment.

    2. Increasing tax rates on high income people left them with less money to invest in the economy, which directly hurts growth.

    3. Obamacare took money out of many people’s pockets by forcing them to pay more for insurance that also had higher deductibles and copay’s.

    4. The net neutrality regulations at the FCC caused investment in broadband capacity to decline.

    5. The clean power plan threw coal miners our of work and was about to raise the cost of electricity for many people. An interesting fact. The swing states that went for Trump (Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin) are the most reliant upon electricity generated by coal.

    6. Putting Federal lands off limits for energy exploration hurt jobs and growth in that industry

    7. The banking regulations made it very difficult for community banks to lend, making it hard for small businesses to grow

    Most importantly, the Obama administration created an environment of hostility towards businesses and the private sector. More companies left the US under Obama than under any other president. More people renounced their US citizenship under Obama than under any other president.

    So Trump can make a huge amount of progress by simply reversing these policies that were hostile to economic growth. If he can layer tax reform on top of that then he will be the next Reagan.

    • Steve Coats

      Well, since the BLS numbers are now “real news”, it must be acknowledge that over ten million new jobs were created during Obama’s term, the stock market went from 8,000 to 19,000, inflation has been almost non-existent, interest rates have been in the cellar, and cost of servicing the debt is the lowest it’s been since 2007 (since old high-interest bonds have been rolled over into new low-interest bonds).

      Sounds like Obama was pretty good for economic growth.

      • klgmac

        Not if you consider what we paid for such historically anemic growth. Our debt nearly doubled, and will be a drag in perpetuity, especially now that rates are rising. It’s quite a millstone of a legacy.

        “Obama Leaves U.S.A $9,335,000,000,000 Deeper in Debt”

        http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/obama-leaves-usa-9335000000000-deeper-debt

        • Steve Coats

          A) we were coming out of the worst recession in modern times.

          B) cost of servicing the debt is lower than it’s been in 10 years, thanks to years of record low interest rates.
          https://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/ir/ir_expense.htm

          • klgmac

            A) The deeper the recession, the steeper the recovery. Except Obama’s recovery. That point is an indictment of Obama’s policies. You are displaying your economic ignorance.

            “Barack Obama Will Be The Only President In History To Never Have A Year Of 3% GDP Growth”

            http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-30/barack-obama-will-be-only-president-history-never-have-year-3-gdp-growth

          • klgmac

            “B) cost of servicing the debt is lower than it’s been in 10 years, thanks to years of record low interest rates.”

            Yep. Obama benefited from historically manipulated markets. And still turned in a poor performance. What will happen to our budget if and when rates revert to mean? Do you have a clue?

          • Bernd_Harzog

            “Reversion to the mean”. You really don’t expect a liberal to understand a concept like that do you? 🙂

          • Steve Coats

            Hyperinflation obviously. And gold will go through the roof! I’ve been hearing the same sky-is-falling drama since 2008. Didn’t happen then, hasn’t happened, and won’t happen. We’ve had higher debt-to-gdp ratios in the past, and done just fine.

          • klgmac

            So the greater the debt, the greater the prosperity? I had a neighbor who used to think like that. He lived in the house down the street that was foreclosed on.

          • Steve Coats

            It’s a good thing people and businesses never take on debt, isn’t it.

          • klgmac

            Well, that’s quite straw man argument. What happens when businesses take on too much debt?

          • Bernd_Harzog

            You really do not understand economics do you? If the Fed unwinds its QE asset portfolio, it will have to sell bonds which will withdraw money from the economy, shrink the money supply, and cause interest rates to rise. This will not result in hyper-inflation. It may result in a recession. It will depend entirely upon what pro-growth effects can be generated by fiscal policy (lower tax rates). If Trump can generate 4% growth through cuts in business tax rates, then the Fed will have room to slowly unwind its QE assets without doing too much harm.

            You should also realize that the reason that the Fed undertook QE is that they realized the Obama was doing nothing on the fiscal side to help the private sector grow so they took the burden upon themselves. Hopefully the approach now will be more balanced.

          • Steve Coats

            Yes, yes, it’s all a house of cards. As I said, I’ve been hearing reports of doom since 2008. The house of cards seems remarkably stable. But don’t let me stop you from buying gold and shorting the market. Those were wonderful strategies in 2010, am I right?

          • klgmac

            What are historically low rates doing to savers, insurance companies and pension funds?

          • Steve Coats

            What has the record bull market done for tens of millions of 401(k) holders? What have historically low rates down for millions of aspiring home owners?

          • klgmac

            Low rates have artificially inflated the values of each asset.

          • Steve Coats

            Right, and the crash is coming any day now.

            “Ron Paul Predicts Hyper-Inflation, Says “Dollar Will Be Rejected As Reserve Currency Of The World”
            https://www.thestreet.com/story/11041675/1/ron-paul-predicts-hyper-inflation-says-dollar-will-be-rejected-as-reserve-currency-of-the-world.html

          • klgmac

            Not sure what that non sequitur is supposed to mean. But you avoided my first question. It’s much easier to discern than when the next crash is coming. Why is that?

            “What are historically low rates doing to savers, insurance companies and pension funds?”

          • klgmac

            Well, why were rates lowered? And what effect did historically low rates have? None? That’s your premise?

          • Ron Paul? Really?

          • Rich54
      • Bernd_Harzog

        Actually Obama was terrible for growth. GDP growth never exceeded 2% for any year in his administration. He is the only President in the history of our country to have this honor.

        With respect to jobs, Obama left office with the labor participation rate lower then when he entered office so he was a fail on that front as well. The jobs that got “created” during his tenure were simply a recapture of the jobs lost in the recession.

        As for the stock market, you can credit (or blame) the Fed for that one. Quantitative Easing (the Fed directly buying bonds and mortgages) put money into the economy which reflated the housing market and the stock market.

        On the debt, Obama nearly doubled the outstanding debt over his 8 years. Probably the most damaging thing that he did that will be the most difficult to recover from.

        • Steve Coats

          Economies don’t happen in a vacuum. Obama’s first term was largely an effort to keep from sliding back into recession. Considering the double-dip recessions that happened across the world, we were lucky to have ANY GDP growth for a long time. Choosing stimulus over austerity was a wise move.

          QE was supposed to be the death of the Republic when it first started. Remember all the warnings of hyperinflation and the goldbugs like Ron Paul telling people to buy gold? None of that happened. The market has gone up for the usual reason: American companies have done extremely well the past eight years. But of course, Obama can never be given any credit, so the stock market rise has to be due to other factors. It certainly can’t be due to the fact we went from losing 700,000+ jobs a month and negative 8% GDP to positive job and GDP growth.

          The debt has gone up, but so many bonds have been rolled over at lower rates, the cost to service the debt is less than it was in 2008.

          • Bernd_Harzog

            As someone else has pointed out, normally the steeper the recession, the faster and more robust the recovery – except under Obama because he was not interested in private sector growth. He was only interested in reshaping the US into his vision of a progressive state. His pursuit of progressive policies (higher taxes, more regulation) is what caused growth to be so poor.

            As for QE then only reason that it did not blow up on us is that the Fed is paying banks to lend their excess reserves back to the Fed so that this extra money does not make inflation go through the roof. What will happen when the Fed unwinds the assets it has accumulated through QE is anyone’s guess, but it is not likely to be a good thing for the economy.

          • Steve Coats

            I haven’t been thrilled with all of Obama’s regulations, and Obamacare was a cobbled together mess. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t get credit for inheriting a uniquely horrible situation and righting the ship. Maybe you don’t remember what it was like in 2008, when job losses were over 700,000 a month and GDP contracted by over 8%. The fact we didn’t slide right back into recession is something of a miracle.

            Almost forgot, we also have record low oil prices, we set a record in domestic oil production in 2015, and the dollar is very strong. I know, I know, all in spite of Obama.

            About QE, I’ve heard the sky is falling so many times, I just laugh now. Hyperinflation is going to begin any day now! We’re going to turn into the Weimar Republic! Buy Gold!

          • Bernd_Harzog

            Oh I remember 2008. The fact is that Obama botched the recovery. That is why growth never got above 2% during his 8 years.

            Obama had nothing to do with low oil prices. A private sector innovation, fracking, is the direct cause of our low oil, gasoline and natural gas prices.

            And as I have said before, unwinding QE is not going to cause hyper-inflation. It may cause a recession.

    • klgmac

      Expensive electricity generated by alternative sources is already forcing people into energy poverty and is a crime against humanity.

      • Bernd_Harzog

        Yes and the liberals all want a carbon tax which would drive up the cost of the energy that we all actually use every day.

        • klgmac

          It’s economic suicide. All because of their pretentious belief that they know how to control the temperature’s of the planet. And a double pox on any stupid R’s that go along with this harebrained scheme.

          • “All because of their pretentious belief that they know how to control the temperature’s of the planet.”

            They don’t believe that either – it’s just an excuse to destroy our industrial economy and bring down the USA.

      • mabele

        Right. Denmark generates almost half of its total electricity consumption from wind power but the country is an impoverished hellhole.

        You need to get out more.

        • klgmac

          “Denmark generates almost half of its total electricity consumption from wind power but the country is an impoverished hellhole.”

          No, it’s electricity rates are sky high. How well do poor people or people on a fixed income afford high electric rates? You need to read more.

          “The center-right government of Lars Loekke Rasmussen wants to scrap an electricity tax that has helped subsidize wind turbines since 1998. The administration says its decision follows a complaint from the European Union that such subsidies favor domestic businesses. But Denmark’s Wind Energy Association, which estimates the change would lead to a massive drop in new capacity, warns the development is dangerous.”

          https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-05/denmark-scares-off-investors-after-energy-agenda-is-jettisoned

          “Denmark’s government abandoned plans to build five offshore wind power farms Friday amid fears the electricity produced there would become too expensive for Danish consumers.”

          https://www.cfact.org/2016/05/13/denmark-says-wind-energy-too-expensive/

        • Denmark? ROFLMAO!

          The whole country is roughly the size and population of Massachusetts and it’s entirely surrounded by the sea.

          You’re one who needs to get out more – and also learn basic geography.

          Try again when you finish 5th grade.

  • mabele

    President Trump hasn’t even had any time in office yet to enact any policies that would influence the economy.

    Credit for the ongoing good economic news we’ve had for the past few years, ever since the economy imploded and millions lost their jobs under our last Republican President, still belongs to President Obama.

    • klgmac

      What did he do to deserve the credit? Which policies have worked?

      • mabele

        Obama and his Fed chief implemented plenty of policy over a period of 8 years – Trump hasn’t implemented any – or, alternatively, can you point to something concrete that “has worked”?

        You folks are hypocrites. For years you claimed that every jobs report showing the same kind of trend was inadequate as long as Obama was president, but the minute the presidency changes hands suddenly it’s something spectacular for which the new guy gets all the credit, even if he hasn’t had time yet to implement a single specific policy proposal.

        • klgmac

          I didn’t think you would be up to the task of explaining which of any of Obama’s policies worked. You weren’t.

          • mabele

            And yet they did, demonstrably.

            Ten million jobs created, unemployment < 5%, and stock market went from 9000 to 18000.

            I didn't think you'd be able to name one substantive policy implemented by the God Emperor which might have contributed to any of this. You couldn't.

            Actual achievements count for more than loud-mouthed rhetoric.

          • klgmac

            And historically speaking, Obama’s achievements were found wanting, It was the policies. They are why Trump won.

            “Since 2014 The US Has Added 571,000 Waiters And Bartenders And Lost 34,000 Manufacturing Workers”

            http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-02/2014-us-has-added-571000-waiters-and-bartenders-and-lost-34000-manufacturing-workers

            “Poverty Rose In 96% Of U.S. House Districts, During Obama’s Presidency”

            http://rinf.com/alt-news/editorials/poverty-rose-96-u-s-house-districts-obamas-presidency/

          • klgmac

            Are these the type of achievement’s you are referring to?

            “In 2010, Biden Predicted Iraq Would Be “One Of The Great Achievements Of This Administration”

          • klgmac

            Or does that count for more than loud-mouthed rhetoric?

      • “What did he do to deserve the credit?”
        He got elected, replacing the former communist regime.

  • Alex Courtois

    Funny how 235,000 jobs used to be “slow growth” or “not enough” under Obama, but as soon as Trump gets those same numbers, it’s “strong” and “positive”.

  • iRickie

    Nicely written Mr. Buskirk!

  • Raptor Jesus

    I wanted to read this article but the ‘facebook, google, whatever’ bar on the left side of the screen never goes away and blocks the text.

    So. Not coming back to this webpage.

  • Dennis

    this is troll heaven

  • Ken moss

    JOBS JOBS JOBS. TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP

    Thankfully HE is President.

  • ivanpope

    I’ve seldom read a bigger list of wishful thinking. One month in and every job is down to what Trump has done. But what has he done? And the figures which were all phony last year are now fundamentally accurate. You have got to be joking. Give it six months and then claim some credit based on actual actions.

    • “But what has he done?”

      He got elected, replacing the former communist regime.

  • icthelite

    I’m asking what did these quarter million plus workers go to work in? Stores are closing their doors, jobs are still going to Mexico. Do you know that the 700 jobs Ford saved in Michigan was decided on long before the POTUS decided what party he was going to run under? The plant in Michigan was planned to move but it would have been costly to do so. Do you know that Ford still is planning two (2) NEW plants in Mexico in two different cities/towns? Cost billions to build and will put thousand of Mexicans to work?

    https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2015/04/17/ford-announces-2-5-billion-usd-investment.html

    Nope, I don’t see any good reasons for the POTUS to be climbing up a tall building and thumbing his chest about just yet. Haven’t lost hope though.

  • Dave

    Trump himself tweeted, “Great Again: +235,000”

    Actually, Matt Drudge tweeted that. Your link even goes to the Drudge tweet.

  • jenny McKinney

    bravo mr chris bushkirk!

    great article, thank you

  • Poppa

    The world is a better place with the dems cowering in the corner.

  • Tech

    Trump is doing his thing. The left needs to shut up and listen for once. For all his warts, he’s doing pretty darned well considering how many try to fight him. He has to make decisions on NK, ISIS, Syria and all the hysteria from Schumer, Pelosi and the rest doesn’t make it any easier.

  • contradem

    Demoncrats are going to be fuming for so long to the point of spontaneous combustion.

    Which is great. They go boom!

  • aPEON

    I never knew a democrat that didn’t like to spend a $, TWICE.

    • Twice:
      1) Your money now.
      2) The money they plan to steal from you in the future.

  • Black_Saint

    We have two political parties and neither one is for middle class hard working Americans citizens that love their country and see the policies of both parties destroying their nation and letting it slide into third world status.

    The Democrat party openly despise the men and women that work hard, obey the laws, pay the taxes, fight the wars and built this Nation and cannot wait to give away what they worked and built to every illegal alien and lazy worthless bum they can find,

    The Rino,s pretend they care while supporting the rich, open borders, globalization, big government, and are only slightly less worthless then the socialist American hating Democrat party.

    This Nation needs a American party we have two parties to represent the rich, globalization, illegals, Muslims, welfare bums and the rest of the world.

    Can Trump be the Start of a American party for Law abiding American citizens?

  • Black_Saint

    The first President in my life time that does what he promised and he is doing them at wrap speed! Unbelievable!

    No one in Wash. DC are used to a President that does not lie to get elected and actually does what he promised and willing to work hard to achieve his promises!

    Democrats are in a state of pure panic with their heads spinning and ready to explode!

    They are clueless of how to slow him down so they fail back on the racial left standby of name calling, protest and violence which further proves they are worthless, losers and scum. While Trumps support grows every day.

  • Deckard Cain

    Excellent article! Perfectly and succinctly states why Trump won, and why I left the Democrat party 5 years ago never to return.